Slow Drain | What’s Causing the Clog?

Category: Drains

Slow Drain | Common Clogs and Fixes

When it comes to clogs in the home, we’ve seen it all! Dean’s Drain Cleaning professinoals have unclogged toilets in Minneapolis, fixed blockages in Brooklyn Park, and even repaired sewer lines in St. Paul, MN! (And everywhere in between)

Where Do Clogs Occur

We’ve found that the bathroom and kitchen are the most commonplace that issues have occured. The build-up that collects in your pipes and drains over time is natural, eventually reducing the size of your drain. Maintenance and being aware of what you’re putting down your drains are the best way to avoid needing a professional.  

Common Bathroom Sink and Shower Clogs

  • Hair
  • Soap Scum
  • Toothpaste
  • Beard Trimmings

Common Kitchen Sink Clogs

  • Grease and oil
  • Coffee grounds
  • Pasta and oatmeal
  • Fibrous vegetables
  • Potato peels
  • Eggshells

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Slow Drain DIY Fix

If you’re looking for an option you can do yourself, try some of these easy-to-follow tips to fix basic drainage problems.

Dean’s Club Membership – Drain Evaluation

An annual drain evaluation from Dean’s Home Services is just one of many benefits of a Dean’s Club Membership and a great way to ensure that drains in your home are properly maintained. Ed’s a Drain tech with Dean’s Home Services and in the video below, he explains how to know your drains are running smoothly.

Clear a Grease Build-Up in Your Kitchen Sink Using Dish Soap

  1. Pour or squeeze ½ cup of Dawn® dish detergent down the drain. For a tougher clog, use 1 full cup.
  2. Let the detergent work its way down the drain for 30 minutes. This allows it to coat the drain pipe.
  3. Bring a kettle of water to a boil while during the end of the 30 minutes.
  4. Remove the kettle from the stove and carefully carry it to the room with the drain you are trying to clear. Slowly pour the kettle of water down the drain, being careful not to splash yourself.
  5. Run the hot water to completely flush the drain, and if the water is draining properly, you’re done. It’s still slow, repeat steps 1 through 5.

More Advice and Tips from Dean’s Home Services

Why Should I Clean My Drains?

Why Are there Bubbles in My Kitchen Sink?

The most common drain clogs, especially in the kitchen are due to a build-up of grease and cholesterol in a home’s drains and pipes. They start off as small blockages which are just a bit of a hassle but when the holidays arrive, they can become HUGE problems and there’s nothing worse than a clogged sink, especially in the kitchen. Here are some foods you should avoid putting down the drain!

Other Ways to Avoid Clogged Sink

If you are going to use your sink’s garbage disposal, be sure the water is running to help keep things “moving” and if you notice a smell, citrus peels are great for fixing a smelly garbage disposal.

Plumbers with Dean’s Home Services realize that you can’t always stop grease from going down the drain so at least try and use a paper towel before you rinse it. What should never do? Never let warm grease run down your drain because then it cools in the pipe, where it congeals to start forming a clog. Then other stuff gets stuck in it, and before you know it you’ve got a major clog. The best solution is to avoid pouring any grease or oil down your drain. Just keep a jar handy to collect the grease, and throw it into the trash when it gets full.

If you need help, give us a call because Dean’s Home Services works with the best plumbers and Drain technicians with the experience and a number of ideas to quickly fix your problem.

Pet Owner Mistakes That Plumbers Fix

Pets are like our children, and just like children, they can wreak havoc on our homes. When it comes to your home, there are a number of That being said, one popular detail in our living space that we tend to overlook, which is usually the first to be tarnished, is our plumbing. Granted, bathing your furry friend in the tub may seem like a cute, easy thing to do, but it could lead to a lot of plumbing problems down the line.

Keep your pup and your plumbing happy by avoiding these habits:

pet owner mistakes cat

Pet Owners Need to Stop:

1. Don’t Throw Cat Litter Down the Drain

Even though your kitty litter may claim that it is flushable, there’s a strong chance that it is not. All cat litter tended to clump, meaning that you’ll be in for some serious clogs if you try to flush it

2. Don’t Bathe Your Pet in the Bathtub Without a Stopper

Some dogs and cats have long hair and are shed pretty frequently. If you bathe your pet in the tub, their hair will slowly slip down the drain and cause a backup. You can reduce the risk of a slow-moving drain by either using a drain stopper (or strainer) when bathing your pup.


3. Don’t Leave the Toilet Bowl Open

It may seem pretty comical to picture your pet propped up on your open toilet bowl, but it can actually be extremely hazardous for their health. The residue left from cleaners, chemicals, and waste can be harmful to your pet’s well-being and should never be ingested. Make it a household habit to always keep the lid closed and protect your furry loved one.

No matter the size, Dean’s can help with any plumbing problems you may encounter. Our plumbing trucks are workshops on wheels, which are equipped with clean, modern tools and equipment. This allows Dean’s Home Service plumbers and Drain cleaning experts to complete any job quickly and efficiently. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our professionally licensed plumbers.

A Guide to Sewer and Drain Lines in Minneapolis – St. Paul

Minnesota is rich with history, in school you learn how much this state has grown but a topic that isn’t covered is infrastructure, specifically, Minneapolis sewer lines and how they can affect your day-to-day life.  If you own a home in Minneapolis/St. Paul or really anywhere around the Twin Cities, you may have thought:

  • Where does the waste in my home go after it leaves my sink, toilet, or shower?
  • What happens if my home’s mainline gets clogged or breaks?
  • Who’s responsible to fix a broken sewer line?

Who Fixes Minneapolis Sewer Lines?

What is a house’s main line?

Before leaving your home, all of your drains dump into your mainline.

A home’s mainline is where waste from the drains and toilets in your home meets and exits the house to the city sewer line.

It’s usually inside your home in the lowest portion of the home or outside of your house. When you are having an issue with your mainline, you may also be experiencing other plumbing issues in your home. When you see a backup in the lowest part of your home that usually includes sewage, then you can safely guess that you are having an issue with your mainline.

Minnesota Sewer Line infastructure

Who Maintains My Main Sewer line?

Pipes in your home are called “Branch lines”, these connect to your home’s mainline which then connects to the city sewer and takes it to a place nobody really wants to visit.  Minneapolis/St. Paul and most other Minnesota cities are responsible for the city sewer line located in the street, you’re responsible for the sewer line on your property.

Minneapolis Sewer Line Cross section of the plumbing under a home

Signs that the sewer in your home is damaged?

·   Slow pipe drains

·   Clogs or backups

·   Foul smells from sewer gases

·   Pest infestation

·   Rotted flooring

·   Warped or separated wood floors

·   Tinted (raised) floor tiles

·   Loose or broken floor tiles

·   Water logged flooring

·   Water-stained floor tiles &grout

·   Water-stained/discolored carpet or rug/mat

How long do home sewer lines last?

The infrastructure of the Minneapolis/St. Paul can actually be an interesting topic if you’re living in a home built before 1980, there were a variety of different types of pipes used to carry waste from your home to the mainline. Spoiler! They won’t last forever, especially if you have an older home.

Materials Used For Pipes in the Twin Cities

Lead Sewer Pipes: Lead sewer pipes can last 100 years, but they are not without their dangers. Lead pipes are gray in color and can be easily scratched with a knife. If you have lead pipes, you will want to replace them immediately, as they can leach lead into the water supply.

Clay Sewer Pipes: Clay pipes typically last between 50-60 years. They have been in use since about 4000 BC in the widely agreed upon the birthplace of city plumbing: Babylonia. While you are not likely to find any Babylonian-age clay pipes, it’s not uncommon to find these in homes built prior to the 50’s and occasionally in homes as late as the 70’s.

Cast Iron Sewer Pipes: These were installed most often between the 50’s and 70’s and will last 75-100 years in most residential applications, so you can expect your 1950 Cast Iron Pipe to fail as early as the year 2025.

Orangeburg Sewer Pipes: These pipes begin to deform after 30 years and tend to fail after 50. Orangeburg pipe was used from 1860 until the 1972. If you have an orangeburg pipe, just know that you’re gonna need to call us BECAUSE THEY WERE CONSTRUCTED USING WOOD PULP AND TAR. The reason for them is pretty clear, they became popular because iron was in high demand during World War II, and Orangeburg was a great replacement.

Replace Your Damaged Sewer Mainline with PVC

Dean’s Drain and Sewer Service is able to help with all drain issues including our mainline sewer service with camera inspection which will give you a better idea of just what’s going on and help you be better prepared. If there is damage due to tree roots or shifting in the ground, our Plumbing and Drains department will provide you with Mainline sewer replacement options that will last a lifetime.

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